Author: Courtney Cole
Series: Nocte Trilogy #2.5
I never knew what the consequences would be.
I say that like it’s a defense, an excuse.
It’s not. It’s simply the truth.
I never knew what he would become to me.
Through everything, he’s become everything.
My rock, my air, my love.
Because it was wrong.
Because sometimes, our sons must pay for the sins of their fathers.
Or their mothers.
I’m afraid that I’m lost,
that I’m damned.
After you read this, you’ll probably agree.
Really, it doesn’t matter.
All that matters is that I save him.
Because he shouldn’t pay for my sin.
Judge me if you like.
But keep reading.
This is our beginning.
This is where the darkness truly starts.
Initium is a short, intriguing addition to the Nocte Trilogy that takes us back to the beginning. Before Calla, Finn, and Dare there was Olivia, Phillip, Laura, Eleanor, and Richard. This short novella was equal parts torturous and surprisingly satisfying, fulfilling a need I didn’t even know I had by allowing me a glimpse into the relationships that set the events of this series in motion. Courtney Cole begins to unravel the mysterious dynamic between Olivia and Laura, while examining Olivia’s love for Phillip and her marriage to Richard. The darkness seeped into this story though Courtney Cole’s haunting words and the unsettling visions her prose conjured in my mind as I read. If possible, I feel more unsettled than ever before. While I’m expectedly left with more questions than answers, I feel like I’m on the cusp of uncovering something big.
“You don’t even know what is real anymore, Olivia. That is the problem.”
Somewhere at the edge of consciousness, countless theories flit through my mind as I watch the past unfold in Initium. Strange details and familiar words began to connect the events of this novella with Calla’s story. I find myself happily resigned to waiting out the storm, excited to see how this emotionally intense journey finally comes together. Initium was a fantastic way to bridge the gap between the first two books in the trilogy and the last, while also revealing more of the complicated family history that seems to be so important to understanding what is real. Courtney Cole gave readers a chance to travel back to the origin of all the lies and as a result, I’m more eager than ever to discover the truth. Bring on Lux!
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Don’t miss the other books in the series:
Nocte (Nocte Trilogy #1)
Verum (Nocte Trilogy #2)
Lux (Nocte Trilogy #3)
Dare Me (Nocte Trilogy #3.5)